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Ultraviolet light can harm your eyes and affect your vision. Sunglasses can help prevent eye damage by blocking some of the sun’s rays. If you wear prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses are a convenient way to correct your vision and protect your eyes while participating in summer activities. Your optometrist at Wardell Vision Center in Billings can help you choose the right prescription sunglasses.

General Information on Prescription Sunglasses

Prescription sunglasses have your specific corrective prescription built into them. They are available for almost all corrective prescriptions. In addition to improving vision and protecting your eyes, they can help you make a fashion statement; they are available in a variety of colors, in wraparound styles, and mirrored colors.

Benefits of Wearing UV Sunglasses

The primary benefit of prescription sunglasses is that they block UV and blue light, both of which can cause eye damage. UV light aggravates conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. It also can cause pterygium, which is a pink growth that forms over the white of your eye, and photokeratitis, which is also known as corneal sunburn.

Another benefit is that you have vision correction and UV protection all in one, rather than having to find the right clip-ons for prescription glasses.

Contact lens wearers who swim also benefit from having prescription sunglasses. Swimming while wearing contact lenses increases your risk of infections. Swimming without the contact lenses and having prescription sunglasses poolside allows you to avoid the inconvenience of having to pop contacts in and out, as well as taking along a pair of non-prescription shades.

Types of Lenses Available

Prescription sunglasses come with almost all types of lenses, including single-vision, bifocal, multifocal, and progressive. Lenses may also have a high degree of refraction, be shatterproof, or made of light plastic. You can also apply a polarized filter to reduce glare.

Call Wardell Vision Center Today!

Contact Wardell Vision Center in Billings online or by phone at (406) 281-8480 to make an appointment for an exam and fitting.

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